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If EA Has Seen "Both Of Them," Are Sony And Microsoft Ready?

There has been a lot of speculation concerning the next generation of consoles; specifically, when Sony and Microsoft will launch their new high-tech machines.

The latest theories seem to lean toward Microsoft releasing their new console first, as they did this past generation. Sony has also said many times that they remain committed to the PS3 (and PlayStation Vita, as evidenced by their Gamescom presentation).

However, EA's Frank Gibeau claims to have "seen both of them," which raises a few interesting questions if we are to extrapolate a bit. If both are available to be seen, does that imply that both Sony and Microsoft are gearing up at about the same time? Should we expect both new consoles to hit the market within a few months of each other? Do developers have both next-gen systems in their sights when tackling fresh projects for all-new hardware? It's too bad Gibeau didn't go into a bit more detail.

But it'll be interesting to see what happens next year, as Sony may be looking to keep pace with Microsoft, regardless of when the new Xbox hits. In the past, Sony has said they don't want to be a year behind again going into the new generation, so...

Tags: ea, electronic arts, next gen, next generation, next gen consoles

8/16/2012 10:21:20 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (38 posts)

COBB
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 10:48:23 AM
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I won't buy the new Playstation unless it's backwards compatible, theirs just to many great titles releasing in the next 12 months on the PS3.

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PoopsMcGee
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 10:53:15 AM

I know what you're saying but I'm actually cool unless my 2 PS3s break down ;)

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kraygen
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 12:29:13 PM

Don't have to sell your ps3 to get a ps4.

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Beamboom
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 2:42:38 PM

Haha I believe I've replied with those exact same words on a similar post earlier, Kraygen. Great minds sure think alike ;)

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COBB
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 2:56:53 PM

If my PS3 messes up then I would have to buy another one also...Plus I would only have to have 1 system in my entertainment center.

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Temjin001
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 10:55:13 AM
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At this point I just want to see firm specs between the two so we know what kind of power the next-gen will brings us. I also think MS won't go with "Xbox 720" as a system name, like everyone seems to think.

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Comic Shaman
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 2:35:21 PM

I don't know that everybody really thinks that, it's just a shorthand name. You could say NextBox too and people would know what you mean.

Microsoft doesn't have the world's best track record in coming up with names. "XBox" was actually a bit of an accident. It was their placeholder name during the development of the first console, but nobody could think of a better one when it came down to completion time, so it stuck.

Then again, I think Nintendo has pretty much proven that you can get away with naming a console almost anything.

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Fane1024
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 6:42:01 PM

I'm sure M$ will come up with a much more stupid name than Xbox 720...Nintendo did, despite the improbability of devising something sillier than "Wii".

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Temjin001
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 9:09:38 PM

Xbox BING

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Comic Shaman
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 11:13:44 AM
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Maybe Gibeau has seen both of them in a dream or something. "Yeah, the PS4 was made out of cotton candy clouds and unicorn giggles, and the X720 looked just like my ex-landlord. It was creepy, man."

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 1:15:41 PM

Creepy indeed.

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Qubex
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 7:04:28 PM

Lol - "cotton candy clouds..."

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Ludakriss
Friday, August 17, 2012 @ 9:30:58 AM

xDDD bro, this was gold!

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bebestorm
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 11:25:11 AM
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IMO I believe a few titles that have been announced are actually next gen developers just can't talk about it yet like when Ubi said if we wanted AC II we need to let them know then a few months later we were introduced to Ezio.

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Lord carlos
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 11:50:24 AM
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Good for him!
I've seen a horse-fly & a house-fly,ive even seen a dragon-fly...

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Fane1024
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 6:44:04 PM

...backwards, at that.

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Strythe
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 11:57:31 AM
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I'm sure I'll take some flak for this, but wouldn't it be great if they actually just teamed up? The Sony/MS PlayBox or something.

There's a lot of gaming talent on both fronts and I'm tired of needing multiple systems to enjoy all the great exclusives. PS3 is clearly leading with exclusives in quantity, but I can't imagine life without Halo and Gears.

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Highlander
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 12:11:07 PM

No. A single console standard doesn't work when there are multiple manufacturers and brands. With a single manufacturer/brand there is no competition, and no need to differentiate products to compete with others. However when there is more than one maker and brand, there is competition. To compete with each other and win more sales, they have to differentiate their products from each other. As soon as you start down that road, the 'standard' is doomed.

Good lord look at the Android phone space. You have brand new devices shipping with ICS, but devices only 6 months old have yet to get ICS, some devices are yet to even see much beyond the original Android release. Not to mention the myriad differences in device specification - single core, dual, camera resolution memory, on-board flash storage, keyboard, touch screens, GPUs, I/O ports and so forth. Android should be the poster child for a single platform, and yet it's really not. It's splintered into nearly innumerable directions in just a few short years.

Having a single console platform with multiple brands would ultimately go the same way. It's inevitable. Sure there could be a minimum specification that all devices meet, but some will have better GPUs and CPUs or more memory, they'll run first party games that other brands of console won't because they lack the extra oomph or special feature. As soon as that happens, you might as well have just stuck with multiple platforms.

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Axe99
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 5:34:48 PM

Aye, I'm with Highlander. As well as this, competition between the big three keeps prices down, and increases services. The harder they have to work for our money, the better value we get (take, for example, Ben's oft-cited example of games getting significantly _cheaper_ in real terms over time).

Take that competition away, and you'll be paying over-the-odds for what you get. Don't believe me? Go and 'upgrade' the latest edition of MS Office - for a lazy few hundred dollars you'll get almost no extra functionality combined with a clunkier interface. That's what a monopoly does, and we don't want it!

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Qubex
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 7:05:30 PM

Absolutely not...

Can you imagine...

"Welcome to the new MetroBox!..."

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Neo_Aeon666
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 8:07:33 PM

That is called: The computaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

lol. And it kinda failed and is now totally not getting some games and others months later the console versions release T-T I still love my computa and I wish it comes back to glory soon.

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xnonsuchx
Saturday, August 18, 2012 @ 6:09:52 AM

3DO and CDI, anyone?

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Highlander
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 12:15:54 PM
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"seen both of them" eh? Well, I'm near certain he hasn't seen production units, so he's talking about dev systems and demonstrations of "future platform" devices...lol.

Given how long top tier game makers take to make new games for new platforms, that should not surprise anyone.

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Qubex
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 7:06:57 PM

I am with you Highlander, he probably saw reference hardware where specs have not been fully buttoned down yet. He may have a good idea of what CPU/GPU combo they both may use... under strict NDA of course...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Neo_Aeon666
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 8:08:37 PM

Or!

He has a Delorean!!!!!!!

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shadowscorpio
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 12:36:59 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised . Prototypes and final operational units can sometimes be ready a year or two before even an announcement let alone mass production or release date .

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 1:17:53 PM
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He's talking about dev kits, both systems are going to want a strong lineup and the new games are gonna be 2-3 year long productions so I'm not surprised. It's too bad he can't talk about specs because I really want to know if Sony is sticking with cell processing or changing things up.

Edit: This certainly suggests at the very least that Sony will not let MS get a big head start this time around.

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Beamboom
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 2:48:38 PM
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He's obviously talking about dev kits. But are Sony And Microsoft Ready? I don't know, but I sure as hell know that *I* am!

So bring it on baby, and please Sony, don't come too late to the party cause I'm about to burst here!


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Axe99
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 5:35:51 PM

Get excited Beam! My backlog's still a bit big from this gen, but I reckon with the 'lull' at the end of this year and in the next (compared with the last couple), I should be able to get through all my must-plays in time for next gen - I'm deffo keen to see what they've got in store :).

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Beamboom
Saturday, August 18, 2012 @ 8:08:26 AM

Hehe - yup I'm not holding back one bit - I'm pumped as a pump station for new hardware now, gonna sing and dance all the way to the store. :)


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cLoudou
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 4:27:34 PM
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Time Lord

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Fane1024
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 6:47:09 PM
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The real question: will either system appear before the WiiU becomes more than smoke and mirrors?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 7:29:11 PM

Becomes? It's gonna be born that way.

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joBucket
Friday, August 17, 2012 @ 2:49:52 AM
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When the PS3 came out, I ready for it. I was more than ready for it, really. It not only was an upgrade for my games, it was an upgrade for my entire media center. It plays my Blurays, DVDs, music, games. Pretty much everything I do entertainment wise is on my PS3, and I can honestly say that it was one of the best purchases I've made.

My PS3 still sits now as the center for all my media. I've had it for 6 years, and I'm still not tired of it. Developers are making some amazing looking titles for it, and they're getting better both graphics wise and in game play. If they were to come out with the PS4 now, I probably wouldn't buy one. I've not seen anything in development that i would consider particularly game-changing. Even if they came out with a system that had great graphics and physics and such, it would probably take years for developers to learn how to USE it to create really awesome games. I'd rather have a few more years of great PS3 titles than I would PS4 titles that don't feel fine tuned or finished.

I say let the PS3 run its course. Give it a few more years to let developers push the limits. Then when we stop seeing anything truly new, or when consumers are ready for something different, release the PS4.

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monkeypunch
Sunday, August 19, 2012 @ 12:03:16 PM

I always wonder why Sony/MS don't reuse the same API as previous generations? Then they could easily use their existing code and just turn up the resolution and polygon count (does anyone say polygons anymore god i'm old!). It seems always the 2nd or 3rd year the games are really polished when the developers know the systems but I mean, couldn't they reuse the same API? I guess I don't know hardware as well as software. Also, MS has Direct X so maybe it is reused. But Sony it's always the same story.

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___________
Friday, August 17, 2012 @ 7:09:51 AM
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you would hope so, current systems have been out for 6 and 7 years respectively!
so if there not ready to replace them after 6-7 freaking years theres a serious problem!
ill be really shocked if one system releases significantly later than the other.
$ony saw what happens when you do that this gen, and M$ im sure was paying attention too.
makes me wonder if the release of the wiiu has effected their release at all.
would they rush next gen systems to compete, or say eh its a different market were not competing with it?
id like to believe the latter, but companies being the twitchy apocalypse everythings the end of the world type that seems very unlikely.

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Ather
Sunday, August 19, 2012 @ 3:28:17 PM
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Remember, the PS4 has to go somewhere. For many of us, it's out with the old, in with the new. Swapping systems to play games is ridiculous. Backwards compatibility is a must.

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berserk
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 4:55:14 PM
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Whatever happen i hope sony make the ps4 easier to program for .Don t want to get the worst version of a multiplatform game ever again .

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